Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens tailback Ray Rice is staying in great shape despite the NFL lockout.
Morning take: Rice isn't playing around. He's in a contract year and the Ravens should be strong contenders, making this a very important season for various reasons.
Will Auburn quarterback Cam Newton be back in Paul Brown Stadium. ... as a member of the Carolina Panthers in the preseason?
Morning take: It's very possible. Newton is up for consideration with the Panthers at No. 1 and the Bengals at No. 4. That doubles the chances of Newton playing in Cincinnati this summer.
Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith is scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: Smith could be an option for the Browns if he drops to the second round. Smith has first-round talent but comes with some character concerns.
Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.
Morning take: Taylor, at 340 pounds, could be an option to learn behind nose tackle Casey Hampton. The Steelers need to get younger on the defensive line.